Roles and responsibilities
As an environmental consultant you would either work for, or be hired by, commercial or governmental organisations to assist in areas requiring adherence to environmental concerns and governmental legislation.
Typically this will include any planning stages of a land development, or as part of an audit process, where a number of environmental assessments such as noise/vibration measuring, land and environmental management, waste management and measuring contamination of land and water are required.
The actual tasks performed include a mixture of scientific data collection, auditing and analysis, reporting results and findings, partaking in presentations as well as the development of an environmental management system.
Some consultants will also expand their services to practices such as lecturing those in higher education.
Environmental consultants also organise or take part in field surveys at the beginning of a consultation period, and can be required to continually keep up to date with scientific findings and data. This may be an increasingly important role as many clients are looking for environmentally-conscious companies that have a 'green' reputation.